Department of Romantic Literature

Room 112

Members of the Department:
Chair: Associate Professor Marta Zielińska
Associate Professor Marek Bieńczyk
Professor Mikołaj Sokołowski
Associate Professor Monika Rudaś-Grodzka
Associate Professor Grzegorz Marzec
Dr. Dorota Siwicka
Dr. Teresa Rączka-Jeziorska
Dr. Katarzyna Czeczot

The Department office hours: Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Retired scholars who participate in the activities of the Department:
Professor Alina Kowalczyk
Professor Marta Piwińska-Tarn
Professor Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz

About the Department:
The Department conducts research on Polish and European literature of the Romantic period and on contemporary literature entering into a dialogue with the romantic tradition. The themes of recent studies include: the writings of Juliusz Słowacki, the poetics of laughter in Aleksander Fredro’s works, the poetry of Bolesław Leśmian, women heroes in Romantic literature, Romantic melancholy, Romantic notions of space.

The last collective work is Mickiewicz: Encyklopedia [Mickiewicz: An Encyclopedia] (with more than 400 entries), which was published in Autumn 2001. This work is the first attempt on such a scale to systematize, in an encyclopedic manner, all of the information about the life and work of Adam Mickiewicz. Another collective work is an edition of Mickiewicz’s correspondence. It is being prepared jointly with Mickiewicz scholars from other departments.



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Marzec Grzegorz

PhD, assistant professor

Department of Romantic Literature

Biographical sketch and main research interests:

I was born in 1978. Between 1997-2002 I studied at the Faculty of Polish Studies of Warsaw University where I attained my master’s degree and soon after I undertook doctoral studies in literary theory under the supervision of prof. Zofia Mitosek. I obtained my PhD degree in 2007 and was given a post at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences where I continuously work as an assistant professor. My research interests were always a combination of philosophical and sociological approach towards literature. Currently my most important research interests are: (1) memory studies; (2) the economy of culture, the main assumptions and objectives of which were developed in a 2016 book Ekonomia pamięci [The Economy of Memory]. Economy of culture – that requires clarification – has nothing in common with the field of studies known as Cultural Economics but to some extent it might be associated with so called New Economic Criticism.

On different occasions, I like to destroy my family life with the guitar I pretend I can play.

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  • Books
  • Ekonomia pamięci [The Economy of Memory]. Warsaw: The Publishing House of the Institute of Literary Research, 2016. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-83-65573-07-0. To be published in English.
  • Hermeneuta i historia. Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz w bakecie [A Hermeneutist and History. Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz in a baquet]. Warsaw: The Publishing House of the Institute of Literary Research, 2012. 266 pages. ISBN: 978-83-61757-29-0.
  • Metafory pamięci [Metaphors of Memory]. Warsaw: The Publishing House of the Institute of Literary Research, 2017. 436 pages. ISBN: 978-83-65573-98-8.


  • Major studies and articles
  • Logika spóźnionego postkolonializmu. Przypadek Jarosława Marka Rymkiewicza [The Logic of Late Postcolonialism. A Case of Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz]. In: Romantyzm środkowoeuropejski w kontekście postkolonialnym cz. II [Middle-European Romanticism in the Postcolonial Context part 2]. Eds. M. Kuziak, B. Maciejewski. Cracow: Universitas, 2016, p. 349-371.
  • Romantyczne metafory pamięci [Romantic Metaphors of Memory]. „Wiek XIX. Rocznik Towarzystwa Literackiego imienia Adama Mickiewicza” 2015 (issue VIII), p. 179-198.
  • Polityczne konsekwencje romantycznego projektu pamięci jako języka [Political Aftermath of the Romantic Idea of Memory as Language]. In: Wartości w świecie słowiańskim [Values in the Slavic World]. Eds. E. Golachowska, D. Pazio-Wlazłowska. Warsaw: The Institute of Slavic Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences, 2015, p. 171-185.
  • Ironia w semiosferze, ironia semiosfery [Irony in the Semiosphere, Irony of the Semiosphere]. „Przegląd Filozoficzno-Literacki” 2015, no. 1, p. 115-135.
  • (1) Pornic; (2) Krzemieniec. Doświadczenie miejsca [Kremenets. The Experience of a Place]; (3) „Ballady i romanse”. Mapy [Mickiewicz’s „Ballads and Romances”. A Map]; (4) Waterloo; (5) Nowogródczyzna [Navahrudak and Its Area]; (6) Grób Agamemnona [Agamemnon’s Tomb]. In: Atlas polskiego romantyzmu. Polska-Europa-Świat [Atlas of Polish Romanticism. Poland-Europe-World]. Eds. M. Zielińska, D. Siwicka, G. Marzec. Warsaw: The Institute of Literary Research of Polish Academy of Sciences, 2015. Link:
  • Ironie et mémoire dans les chansons du groupe polonais Kury (Les Poules) – les années 90. „Les Nouveaux Cahiers Franco-Polonais: Ironie Contemporaine” 2009, no. 8, p. 142-150.
  • Wayne C. Booth a hermeneutyczne aspekty ironii [Wayne C. Booth and Hermeneutical Aspects of Irony]. „Pamiętnik Literacki” 2006, no. 3, p. 89-107.
  • Dlaczego Stanley Fish nie jest dekonstrukcjonistą? [Why Stanley Fish Is Not a Deconstructionist?]. In: Derrida/Adirred. Eds. D. Ulicka, Ł. Wróbel. Pultusk: The Publishing House of Pultusk Academy of Humanities, 2006, p. 425-440.
  • (1) Brzemię encyklopedii [The Burden of Encycloapedia]; (2) Encyklopedia schulzowska? [Schulz’ Encycloapedia?]. „Twórczość” 2005, no. 4, p. 74-93; 121-123.
  • Holocaust, wzniosłość, ironia. Przedstawianie nieprzedstawialnego w „Umschlagplatzu” Jarosława Marka Rymkiewicza [Holocaust, the Sublime and Irony. Representation of the Unrepresentable in Rymkiewicz’s „Umschlagplatz”]. „Pamiętnik Literacki” 2005, no. 1, p. 31-52.
  • Parodia konstruktywna raz jeszcze. O piosenkach zespołu Kury z płyty „P.O.L.O.V.I.R.U.S.” [Constructive Parody Once Again. The songs by Kury from the „P.O.L.O.V.I.R.U.S.” Album]. „Teksty Drugie” 2003, no. 4, p. 172-187.
  • Others
  • Parę słów o yaduisrze [A Few Words on Yaduisra], in: Piłeczka. Studia o ruchu i melancholii [A Small Ball. Studies of Movement and Melancholy]. Eds. W. Bojda, A. Nawarecki. Katowice: The Publishing House of the University of Silesia, 2016.
  • Forthcoming
  • Medycyna [Medicine]. Warsaw: The Publishing House of the Institute of Literary Research, 2018.


  • Participation in scholarly and organizational events; participation in research projects
  • Romantyzm w świetle nowych źródeł [Romanticism in the Light of New Sources]. Principal investigator: Prof. Marta Zielińska. 2013-2017. Project’s number: 0097/NPRH2/H11/81/2013.
  • Język pamięci: kulturowe i społeczno-polityczne konsekwencje romantycznego projektu pamięci [The Language of Memory: Cultural and Socio-Political Aftermath of the Romantic Idea of Memory]. Principal investigator: Dr. Grzegorz Marzec. 2014-2016. Project’s number: 2013/09/B/HS2/02832.
  • Sensualność w kulturze polskiej [The Senses in Polish Cultures]. Principal investigator: Prof. Włodzimierz Bolecki. 2010-2012. Project’s number: N R17 0005 06/2009.
  • Atlas polskiego romantyzmu. Świat-Europa-Polska. Principal investigator: Prof. Marek Bieńczyk. 2009-2011. Project’s number: NN 103 2228 36.
  • A member and secretary of the editorial board of Studia Romantyczne [Romantic Studies].


  •  Awards and scholarships
  • Scholarship For Young Outstanding Researchers (2013-2016), awarded by the Polish Ministry of Science.
  • Scholarship “The Young Institute of Literary Research” (2012-2013).
  • Scholarship awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science – the START programme (2006).
  • Visiting scholar at Indiana University, Bloomington (2004).
  • The 1st prize in the contest for the best Polish MA theses in the Humanities and social sciences, awarded by the Open Republic association (2003).








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